Guests relocated after fire closes part of Myrtle Beach hotel

dbryant@thesunnews.comJune 28, 2013 

— A late-night fire Thursday has closed one of three towers at the Crown Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach, with guests relocated to other rooms at the resort and other nearby hotels.

A fire started at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday in the electrical room of Tower 2. No injuries were reported.

Guests were evacuated from the 180-room Tower 2 and moved to rooms in the other two towers at Crown Reef and some to other nearby hotels, said Kathy Casper, a Crown Reef spokeswoman.

“The tower was relatively full,” she said.

Though Tower 2 remains closed, the other buildings and amenities at Crown Reef are open, she said. The Crown Reef is at 2913 S. Ocean Boulevard.

The 514-room resort aims to reopen the building as early as next week. Those with reservations checking in during the next few days will stay in other rooms at Crown Reef or at other hotels that Crown Reef has arranged, Casper said.

The fire occurred as the beach heads into a busy pre-July Fourth weekend, with occupancy expected to hit 83 percent this weekend and swell to at least 90 percent next weekend, according to Coastal Carolina University’s Clay Brittain Jr. Center for Resort Tourism.

Crown Reef, which has a total of 514 rooms, was expecting a busy Fourth period, Casper said.

Contact DAWN BRYANT at 626-0296 or at dbryant@thesunnews.com or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_dawnbryant.

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